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Blue Grass Airport sets passenger record in 2015

Jets were lined up at Blue Grass Airport as horses raced at the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at the 2015 Breeders Cup at Keeneland Race Course. The airport attributes the Breeders Cup to its increased traffic in 2015. Photo by Mark Mahan
Jets were lined up at Blue Grass Airport as horses raced at the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at the 2015 Breeders Cup at Keeneland Race Course. The airport attributes the Breeders Cup to its increased traffic in 2015. Photo by Mark Mahan Herald-Leader

Blue Grass Airport set a passenger record in 2015, with 1,245,251.

That number is a 3 percent increase over 2014’s 1,209,327. This is the second consecutive year the airport has seen a record number of travelers, according to a Wednesday news release.

The airport attributed the increase to factors including the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, airlines upgrading the size of several of their airplanes to hold more passengers and provide more first-class service, and the addition of flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C., by Allegiant and to Philadelphia by American Airlines.

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